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John Stewart (born September 5, 1939 in San Diego, California, United States) is an American songwriter and singer, best-known for his contributions to the American folk music movement of the early and mid 1960s while a member of the Kingston Trio (1961–1967). is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “San Diego” redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... American folk music, also known as Americana, is a broad category of music including Native American music, Bluegrass, country music, gospel, old time music, jug bands, Appalachian folk, blues, Tejano and Cajun. ... The Kingston Trio is an American folk group, perhaps the single most prominent one. ...



Early life

Stewart was the son of horse trainer, John S. Stewart, and his wife. He spent his childhood and adolescence growing up in southern California, living mostly in the cities of Pasadena and Pomona with his parents. He graduated from Pomona Catholic High School, which according to its website is an all-girls school, in 1957. He demonstrated an early talent for music, learning the guitar and banjo, and composing his first song, "Shrunken Head Boogie," when he was just ten years old. Pasadena is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Location in Los Angeles County and the State of California Country State County Los Angeles County, California Government  - Mayor Norma Torres Area  - City 22. ... Pomona Catholic High School is a four-year Archdiocesan high school for girls in Pomona, California. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Banjo (disambiguation) The banjo is a stringed instrument of African American origin adapted from several African instruments. ...

Musical evolution and career

Stewart's first venture into popular music was with a high school garage band known as "Johnny Stewart and the Furies." Influenced by the reigning icons of the day, Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly, the Furies toured southern California colleges and coffee houses, releasing one single, "Rockin' Anna," which was a minor, regional hit. The term garage band has several meanings, all related in someway to music. ... In Greek mythology the Erinyes (the Romans called them the Furies) were female personifications of vengeance. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959),[1] better known as Buddy Holly, was an American singer, songwriter, and a pioneer of rock and roll. ...

Following the breakup of the Furies and a short period of time as a member of The Woodsmen, Stewart teamed up with Gil Robbins (father of actor Tim Robbins) and John Montogomery to form The Cumberland Three, a group patterned after and heavily-influenced by the increasingly popular Kingston Trio. The major accomplishment of The Cumberland Three was a two LP album set of Songs from the Civil War, with each album containing a compilation of songs from the Confederacy and the Union, respectively. In all, the Cumberland Three released three albums, after which Stewart left the group to join the Kingston Trio, replacing Trio founder Dave Guard, in 1961. The Woodsmen is a Canadian series of shorts seen on the Comedy Network as a segment on its homegrown variety show Canadian Comedy Shorts The show is about two hermits named Walt and Claude and their misadventures in the backwoods of Canada. ... Tim Robbins at Cannes, 2001 Height: 6 ft 4 in / 1. ... Motto Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God, Our Vindicator) Anthem (none official) God Save the South (unofficial) The Bonnie Blue Flag (unofficial) Dixie (unofficial) Capital Montgomery, Alabama (until May 29, 1861) Richmond, Virginia (May 29, 1861–April 2, 1865) Danville, Virginia (from April 3, 1865) Language(s) English (de facto) Religion... In this map:  Union states prohibiting slavery  Union territories  Border states on the Union side which allowed slavery  Kansas, which entered and fought with the Union as a free state after the Bleeding Kansas crisis  The Confederacy  Confederate claimed and sometimes held territories During the American Civil War, the Union... Dave Guard (born Donald David Guard, 19 October 1934, in Honolulu, Hawaii - died 22 March 1991) was an American folk singer and original member of The Kingston Trio. ...

The Kingston Trio years

The Kingston Trio, one of the best-known and best-selling acts on the folk music scene, was enjoying a lucrative recording and touring contract with Capitol Records, with ten albums under their collective belts, when Stewart joined them in 1961. They had emerged from the relatively crowded San Francisco folk music culture in 1957, using a mixture of calypso, pop, and folk styles, along with several forms of comedy, in their act. Relying on new arrangements of folk music classics as well as some original compositions, the Trio simultaneously earned their first gold record with "Tom Dooley," while launching a major revival in folk music that would lead to and influence the careers of Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul, & Mary, and John Denver, among others. Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music which originated in Trinidad at about the start of the 20th century. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... The description Gold Album is applied to recorded music albums that have sold a minimum number of copies (in the US, currently 500,000 sales). ... Tom Dooley can mean several things:HEs a loser For the American folksong with that title see Tom Dooley (song) For the American humanitarian who worked in Laos and Vietnam (1950s) see Thomas Anthony Dooley For the footballer see Thomas Dooley For the magazine/fiction editor see Tom Dooley... This article is about the recording artist. ... Peter, Paul and Mary (often PP&M) was one of the most successful folk-singing groups of the 1960s. ... John Denver (December 31, 1943 â€“ October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ...

When Dave Guard left the group to explore other musical directions, Stewart was selected by remaining members Nick Reynolds and Bob Shane as his successor, bringing with him his respected skills as a musician, composer, and performer. The trio of Reynolds, Shane, and Stewart would record a dozen albums together, taking the music of the Trio into new directions, including more original material, and performing covers of songs by relative newcomers Tom Paxton, Mason Williams, and Gordon Lightfoot. Nick Reynolds (born July 27, 1933) is a founding member of The Kingston Trio group, whose largely folk-based material captured international attention during the late fifties and early sixties. ... Bob Shane is an American folk singer and one of the founding members of The Kingston Trio. ... Thomas R. Paxton was born October 31, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest child of Burton and Esther Paxton. ... Mason Williams with Claudine Longet Mason Williams (b. ... Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. ...

The folk era began to wane and the music of groups such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones dominated the charts, and the members of the Kingston Trio decided to disband the group in 1967. The Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 as part of their first tour of the United States, promoting their first hit single there, I Want To Hold Your Hand. ... This article is about the rock band. ...

Solo career, the post-Trio years

Stewart continued to write songs and record for Capitol, while touring as a solo act. It was during this time that he composed the hit, "Daydream Believer" for The Monkees (later a hit for Anne Murray as well), and later toured with Robert F. Kennedy's ill-fated 1968 presidential campaign. He also met and married fellow folk singer Buffy Ford — with whom he remains today (2007) — and began recording a remarkable string of albums. These include his signature album, California Bloodlines, as well as Willard, Cannons in the Rain, and Wingless Angels. Daydream Believer is a song composed by John Stewart, originally recorded by the band The Monkees. ... The Monkees were a pop-rock quartet created and based in Los Angeles in 1965 for an NBC American television series of the same name. ... Anne Murray, CC, ONS (born Morna Anne Murray June 20, 1945), is a Canadian singer born in Springhill, Nova Scotia, known for her rich alto voice and her taste in choosing songs that appeal to Pop, Country and Adult Contemporary listeners alike. ... Robert Francis Bobby Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968), also called RFK, was one of two younger brothers of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and served as United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964. ... California Bloodlines is the second album by folk musician John Stewart, former member of the Kingston Trio. ...

Though usually successful with critics and a core group of fans, Stewart's albums were not considered commercial successes. He left Capitol after only two solo releases and was signed by Warner Bros. Records, with whom he also recorded just two albums before moving on to RCA Records, where he recorded three LPs (including a live performance album). Stewart followed his release from RCA with a contract at the Robert Stigwood organization, the same organization that serviced the recording contracts for the Bee Gees, as well as several other disco performers. It was at RSO Records that Stewart enjoyed his most commercially successful years as a solo artist. Teaming with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham (of Buckingham-Nicks and, later, Fleetwood Mac), Stewart recorded and released Bombs Away Dream Babies, which included the #5 hit, "Gold," in 1979. Two other tracks from the album, "Midnight Wind" and "Lost Her in the Sun," would also hit the top 40. The follow-up album, Dream Babies Go Hollywood, proved to be a commercial disappointment, and shortly thereafter Stewart dropped from the pop charts, never to return as a performer. Warner Bros. ... RCA Records is one of the flagship labels of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. ... Robert Stigwood (born April 16, 1934 in Adelaide, Australia) is an Australian-born entertainment entrepreneur. ... The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — that became one of the most successful musical acts of all time. ... This article is about the music genre. ... RSO Records was a record label, formed in partnership with Polydor Records by rock and roll and musical theatre impresario Robert Stigwood in the late 1960s, after the death of his business partner and mentor Brian Epstein. ... Stephanie Lynn Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948) is an American singer and songwriter, best known for her work with Fleetwood Mac and a long solo career, which collectively have produced over twenty Top 40 hits. ... Lindsey Adams Buckingham (born October 3, 1949) is an American guitarist and singer for the musical group Fleetwood Mac. ... This article is about the band. ... Bombs Away Dream Babies is an album released by John Stewart on the RSO label in 1979. ...

Later years

Stewart's later and most significant success has been as a songwriter. Several have been recorded by a number of popular acts, including Nanci Griffith, Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez and others. He also continues to record new material, producing CD's on his own "Neon Dreams" label in between commercial releases. Many fans believe that these recordings are John's best and usually coincide with one of his tours. The most recent listing is The Day the River Sang in 2006. Depiction of Nanci Griffith on the cover of her album Flyer Nanci Caroline Griffith, (born July 6, 1953 in Seguin, Texas) is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter from Austin, Texas. ... Rosanne Cash from the back cover of Rhythm & Romance (1985). ... Mary Chapin Carpenter (born February 21, 1958 in Princeton, New Jersey) is a five-time Grammy Award-winning country/folk singer-songwriter and guitarist, with a diverse musical style that is sometimes said to be unclassifiable. ... Joan Chandos Baez (born January 9, 1941) is an American folk singer and songwriter known for her highly individual vocal style. ...

Stewart also continues his passion for painting, doing art shows and covers for his recordings and books. He continues to be a prolific songwriter and tours the United States and Europe regularly. He currently resides in California with his wife, Buffy Ford Stewart. Stewart's brother Mike, who died in 2002, founded the folk-rock group We Five in the mid 1960s. Michael Stewart (d. ... We Five on the cover of their first album We Five was a 1960s folk rock musical group based in San Francisco, California. ...

Over the last several years, Stewart has teamed up with former TKT member, Nick Reynolds, to offer The Kingston Trio fans the ultimate Trio Fantasy: performing for and with Stewart and Reynolds. The Kingston Trios original lineup: Bob Shane, Dave Guard, Nick Reynolds The Kingston Trio is an American folk group. ...

In 2005 and 2006 Bob Shane attended and performed a few songs with Stewart and Reynolds at the Trio Fantasy Camp, which is held annually in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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